The average wedding cost in urban China hits a record of 560,000 yuan (US$72,572), and young couples are heavily depending on parents’ financial aids to pave the way for their marriages, reported the Jiefang Daily Friday.

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<p>The 560,000 yuan is based on some 60,000 valid questionnaires of a recent survey conducted by the Committee of China Wedding Expo. </p>
<div>According the survey, the wedding related expense, honeymoon, new house and car are prime contributors to the soaring marriage cost in the urban area. </div>
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<div>The wedding related cost, including wedding picture, dress, ceremony, feast, jewelry is 139,557 yuan in average. The average costs of honeymoon and a new car are 9,227 yuan and 94,800 yuan respectively. Housing expense fuels the marriage cost by adding 308,600 yuan in average. </div>
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<div>According to the survey, 81.6 per cent of young couples’ marriages are funded by their parents. No matter parents finance some of it, half of it or all of it. </div>
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<div>"Parents are the young couple’s first-choice sponsor of their luxurious wedding," said Liao Junguo, the director of the data center of China Wedding Expo. </div>
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<div>"I am willing to give my boy a hand as it is a tradition of Chinese parents to take care of their children’s wedding," a senior surnamed Zhang said. </div>
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<div>The skyrocketing marriage cost in urban area put many engaged couples in an awkward position when it comes to the question of getting married. </div>
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<div align=Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage, but the carriage nowadays is loaded with money.

Via China Daily

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<p>A traditional Chinese wedding ceremony for a group of expatriate couples was held in Yu Garden, a famous Chinese garden in Shanghai.</p>
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